SpaceX & # 39; s Falcon Heavy rocket successfully took the second flight ever on Thursday afternoon, when it took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with Lockheed Martin & Arabsat 6A communications satellite.
As if that wasn't exciting enough, SpaceX also managed to write history by putting three boosters back on Earth for the first time.
Just minutes after the launch, the central core of the giant rocket landed safely on the SpaceX offshore barge called & # 39; of course I'm still in love with you & # 39; while the two side boosters landed again at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station & # 39; s Landing Zone 1. and 2.
& # 39; We landed the center core for the first time, & # 39; said a SpaceX presenter. & # 39; Three for three boosters today for the Falcon Heavy. & # 39;
The megarocket left in a cloud of smoke and fire at 6.35 p.m. (ET) execution of the communication satellite with high capacity, with which he marks his first commercial mission.
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SpaceX & # 39; s Falcon Heavy rocket successfully took its second flight ever on Thursday afternoon when it took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with Lockheed Martin & Arabsat 6A communications satellite
FALCON HEAVY: SPEC
Height: 70 meters (229.6 feet)
Reusable cores: Three
Load capacity to LEO: 63,800 kg (140,660 lb)
Load capacity to Mars: 16.800 kg (37.040 lb)
Total width: 12.2 m (39.9 ft)
Mass: 1,420,788 kg (3,125,735 lb)
Total thrust when taking off: 22,819 kilonewtons (5.13 million pounds)
& # 39; Falcon Heavy goes to space & # 39 ;, a SpaceX presenter confirmed shortly after launch on the live stream. & # 39; Vehicle is supersonic. & # 39;
With a smooth start and flight that only took a matter of minutes, Falcon Heavy successfully carried the first commercial load to the space.
The company confirmed its performance about 30 minutes after taking off and revealed that the Arabsat 6A satellite made it where it was supposed to go.
& # 39; Successful implementation of Arabsat-6A to geosynchronous transfer lane confirmed – completion of Falcon Heavy's first commercial mission! & # 39; SpaceX tweeted.
SpaceX was forced to push back the Falcon Heavy launch several times due to non-cooperative weather.
A last-minute decision to postpone it again on Wednesday evening was made because of the high wind at the highest level and a poor forecast that led to unsafe starting conditions.
But Elon Musk's rocket company confirmed in a tweet at 4:46 PM. Thursday that & # 39; all systems and weather are currently going & # 39 ;, for launch later that day.
The two side amplifiers can be seen during their synchronized descent to the landing platforms back on Earth after the successful launch
The central core of the giant rocket landed safely on the SpaceX offshore ship in the Atlantic, called & # 39; of course I still love you & # 39; while the two side boosters landed back on pads at Landing Zone 1 and 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
It has been fourteen months since the launch of Falcon Heavy, when it dropped to become the most powerful rocket in use today.
The latest launch marked the first time Falcon Heavy was flying using the new Block 5 hardware, which is designed to last longer than previous versions without the need for a makeover.
For this reason, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that they are & # 39; extra careful & # 39; and noted earlier that the schedule might shift.
After the first launch last February, SpaceX succeeded in successfully putting the two side boosters on the ground in a remarkable, synchronized performance.
Falcon Heavy rocket returns to space for the second time after a successful launch from the Kennedy Space Center. It was fourteen months since it was first launched when it was fired and became the most powerful rocket in use today
SpaceX was forced to push back the Falcon Heavy launch several times due to non-cooperative weather. But Elon Musk's rocket company confirmed in a tweet at 4:46 PM. Thursday that & # 39; all systems and weather are currently going & # 39 ;, for tonight's launch. Falcon Heavy left at 6.35 p.m.
With a smooth take-off and flight that only took a matter of minutes, Falcon Heavy successfully carried the first commercial load to space
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket with the Arabsat 6A communication satellite on board is raised to a vertical position for launch later in the day at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida
The middle core, however, missed its target and crashed into the ocean.
Falcon Heavy was first launched last year, on February 6 after about five years of setbacks. It was wearing a red Tesla Roadster with a dummy on the driver's seat
But this time everything went according to plan.
The current iteration of Falcon Heavy is even more powerful than the first, with a maximum thrust of 2,550 tons, according to Musk – or about 10 percent higher than last year's demo.
Falcon Heavy was first launched last year, on February 6 after about five years of setbacks.
The rocket has three reusable cores, each with nine Merlin engines for no less than 27.
This gave it a total thrust of 2,500 tons – or the equivalent of 18 Boeing 747 aircraft at full throttle.
Although it is no more powerful than NASA & # 39; s Saturn V rocket, which made its last flight in 1973, the heavy-lift rocket from SpaceX is the most powerful currently in use.
HOW CAN SPACEX & # 39; S FALCON HEAVY ROCKET COMPARE WITH NASA & SATURN V, WHICH RENDERED MAN TO THE MOON?
The Falcon Heavy rocket from SpaceX, which successfully completed its first test flight today, is the largest operational rocket in the world.
According to the company, only the Saturn V moon rocket, which was used to send people to the moon for the Apollo missions, brought more cargo into the orbit.
NASA & # 39; s Saturn V, which last flew in 1973, was 111 meters long (363 feet) long.
When he was completely refueled, he weighed 2.8 million kilograms (6.2 million pounds) – the weight of about 400 elephants.
It generated 7.6 million pounds of thrust at launch.
The Falcon Heavy, on the other hand, uses three cores – each equipped with 9 engines for a total of 27 Merlin engines.
Together, these 5.13 million pounds generate momentum at launch.
The rocket is 224 feet long and weighs 140,660 lbs.
SpaceX & # 39; s Falcon Heavy (left) is now said to be the most powerful operational rocket. It was surpassed only by NASA & # 39; s Saturn V (right), which stopped its activities in the 1970s
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